Update (January 24, 2022): Riot Games has officially disabled the chemtech drake in League of Legends following criticism from the player base.
Riot said in this announcement post on the League of Legends website: “When we introduced Chemtech Drake, Soul, and Terrain in preseason, we shared our intention that it should have a bigger impact on games than the original four Elemental Drakes.
“Over the past few months, we’ve heard your feedback via social media and polls that even with that goal, the Chemtech supplement was just too frustrating to play with — especially when you’re on the losing team. It was clear that we missed the target this time.”
Riot added that while the Chemtech Dragon is disabled, it will make design changes to address the issues with current versions, that its primary focus will be terrain, and that “there’s a chance we won’t bring the Chemtech Dragon back while”.
Original article (January 13, 2022):
Riot Games is considering removing or changing the new chemtech drake in League of Legends (LoL, image right) after negative feedback from players.
The Chemtech Dragon is one of two new dragons added in the League of Legends 2022 Preseason, the other being the Hextech Dragon (pictured left).
While the Hextech Drake has been widely accepted by the community with its haste/attack speed ability, portals that spawn on the map, and the chain slow when it claims its dragon soul, the Chemtech Drake has won players over with its “Chemfog” Gas Zones anger stealth players and buff that allows players to deal increased damage to enemies with more health than them.
It’s also arguably the Chemtech Dragon’s soul buff that’s arguably overpowered – it grants players a Sion-like passive when they die, temporarily reviving them into a zombie-like state where they can use their abilities for a few seconds, before they die.
League of Graphs shows that both new Drake souls have a win rate of more than 90%.
said Riot GreaterBelugaWhale on Reddit: “As with everything in League, if we come to the conclusion that something is bad, we prioritize changing or removing it.”
When asked what metrics would be considered to help Riot decide whether or not a dragon swap is ideal, he replied. RiotAxes replied: “We’re conducting a survey. It will take a while before we have results. The reaction on Reddit and English-language social media is clear, but that hasn’t always meant players in the past disliked a feature altogether. That doesn’t mean Reddit feedback is worthless, just that you’re all a subset of gamers and we want good data.”
Yesterday in the UK/Ireland/Nordics European Regional League (ERL), the NLC, players from the British organization X7 Esports agreed that the chemtech drake should be changed:
We’ll update this article if Riot announces changes to the Chemtech Drake or a complete removal.
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University in 2007 with a 2-1 degree in multimedia journalism.
A longtime gamer who first encountered the NES controller in the late ’80s, he has written for a number of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV, and Riot Games, among others. He worked as Head of Content for the British Esports Association until February 2021 when he returned to work full time at Esports News UK and as an Esports Advisor to help brands and businesses better understand the industry.